9 Fun Culinary Events Around DC This Weekend

iichiko Shochu will be at the Sakura Matsuri festival. Photo by Daniel Schwartz/courtesy iichiko Shochu.

DC’s culinary face-off, Capital Food Fight, is back Thursday, April 7. The 18th annual event, which benefits DC Central Kitchen, will take place at Anthem (901 Wharf Street, Southwest) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Watch Oji Abbott (Oohh and Aahh), Brittanny Anderson (Leni), Benjamin Lambert (the Point) and Pepe Moncayo (Cranes) go head-to-head while snacking on samples from area restaurants. Appearances include Spike Mendelsohn, Andrew Zimmern and Maneet Chauhan. More information about the event and tickets ($350 and up) can be found here.

Union Market (1309 Fifth Street NE) and DC Fray are hosting a table tennis showdown, Market Madness, on saturday april 9, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sign up to eat, drink and test your table tennis skills during the tournament, which benefits the Playtime project for homeless children. The event is free to watch, or pay $50 to register and participate as a beginner or advanced team member.

New York-based performer/singer/comedian Paige Turner visits eclectic comfort food restaurant Crazy Aunt Helen’s (713 Eighth Street SE)on saturday april 9 put on a show Louder, faster, funnier. Tickets are $25 for the show, which starts at 7 p.m. (seats start at 6 p.m.); an additional $25 food and beverage minimum is required per person. Tickets and more can be found here.

To celebrate the Khmer New Year, Maketto owner Erik Bruner-Yang will host a Cambodian cooking class at the Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave, SE). The class, $100 per person, is on saturday april 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

On Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April, Sakura Matsuri, the country’s biggest Japanese culture festival, is back for its 60th anniversary. From 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, many vendors will line up on Pennsylvania Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets, northwest. Eat in the festival’s Taste of Japan area, watch a cocktail demonstration, or catch one of more than 40 shows on three separate stages. Tickets start at $12 for a one-day pass or $20 for two days.

Bloomingdale’s Big Bear Coffee (1700 First St., N.W.) organizes a craft market on the theme of cherry blossoms sunday april 10. Shop and browse the stalls of local artists from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On sunday april 10 at 4 p.m., Italian restaurant Capitol Hill La Collina (747 C St. SE) is hosting a cherry blossom themed watercolor and cookie painting class with artist Marcella Kriebel and pastry chef Rochelle Cooper. The event costs $90 per person and includes Italian snacks and wine pairings.

Noodle Week kicks off at all locations in the Korean/Chinese fast casual spot Chiko next week, with limited time offers and specials available daily. monday april 11, start with a take-out noodle tasting menu for $60. Dishes include ahi tuna tartare, chicken and egg lo mein, and dan dan noodles.

On monday april 11Small plates Shirlington restaurant Palette 22 (4053 Campbell Ave, Arlington) is hosting a paint and taste event from 7-9 p.m. You will be able to create “folk art chicken” paintings on wooden planks. Tickets are $63 per person and can be purchased here.

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